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Dramatic Rescues On Dorset Coast

Whiskey Bravo Coastguard helicopter Portland

11:45am 14th June 2014

Coastguard Helicopter 106, Lyme Regis Inshore Lifeboat and Lyme Regis Coastguard Officers were tasked to an elderly lady who had fallen on the foreshore beneath Golden Cap.

The casualty, with a suspected broken hip, was airlifted to Dorchester Hospital  helipad and met by Wyke Coastguard Rescue Officers.

Later, several 999 calls were received reporting a small grey inflatable dinghy suffering engine failure whilst in the path of the Sandbanks chain ferry. The two occupants were unable to start the engine in time causing it to collide with the Chain Ferry.

The two males were thrown into the water, one going under the ferry before surfacing the other side. One person was plucked from the path of the chain ferry by the Chain Ferry -   Bramblebush Bay  and the other was rescued by a passing Yacht. 

Both Poole RNLI All Weather Lifeboat and Poole RNLI Inshore lifeboat were diverted from another tasking and shortly arrived on scene with Coastguard Rescue Officers from Poole. The Lifeboat assisted with removing the dinghy after it had become trapped in the chains and took it ashore with one of the casualties, the other being on the Ferry.  Both casualties were wet but unharmed and soon departed carrying their deflated dinghy back to the car. 

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